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Chatham schools vote down grade-shifting plan

Posted February 21, 2011
Updated February 22, 2011

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— The Chatham County Board of Education voted unanimously against a cost-saving proposal that would reconfigure grade assignments at county schools to better balance enrollment during a meeting at Chatham Central High School Monday.

The proposal would have reconfigured five district schools from kindergarten through 8th grade to K-5 or grades 6 through 8. About 940 students would have been affected.

Hundreds of parents protested the reconfiguration plan at a public hearing Feb. 15.

The school system is facing a projected $4.5 million budget shortfall for the 2011-12 school year. Board members are expected to submit the district's 2011-12 budget proposal to the county in mid-April.

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  • ezLikeSundayMorning Feb 22, 2011

    I have no dog in this fight, but I'm curious, why is this good or bad for children? How would it save money? Seems pretty common to me to have K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

  • wildcat Feb 22, 2011

    This really upset the board. They thought the people would go right along with them. The people stood up and is still standing. PARENTS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTY CONTINUE TO STAND FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR CHILDREN RIGHTS. ITS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO. THE BOARD SHOULD HAVE PUT THE INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN FIRST INSTEAD OF THEMSELVES.

  • wildcat Feb 22, 2011

    What Chatham County seriously needs is jobs. Do anyone care besides those that are unemployed? What does the future hold for our children? Tomorrow they will be our leaders. Lord help them to succeed.

  • wildcat Feb 22, 2011

    WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS! THANKS TO THE MANY PARENTS OF CHATHAM COUNTY THAT STOOD UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF THEIR CHILDREN. CONTINUE TO TAKE A STAND, ITS THE RIGHT THING TO DO DO.